A New Vision, A New Voice ~ The North Texas Conference
Message from Vic Casad: Dec. 21, 2017
Notes from the Heartland
I’m not sure where I’m going with this, but as I contemplate the pending New Year I am a little overcome with an urge to change something. It must have something to do my human conditioning and the start of a new calendar year. Like Pavlov’s dog. I have an impulse to make a resolution to change something about myself which usually involves a feeble attempt to try to keep it.
Here is a litany of Biblical references where God is doing something new.
Isaiah 42:10. God is ready to hear a new song.
Isaiah 43:18-19. God is about to do a new thing.
Isaiah 62:2. God is giving the people a new name.
Isaiah 65:17. God is about to create a new heaven and a new earth.
Jeremiah 31:31. God is about to establish a new covenant.
Ezekiel 11:19. God is giving the people a new spirit.
John 13:34. Jesus is giving a new commandment.
2 Corinthians 5:17. In Christ there is a new creation; everything is new.
Ephesians 2:15. God is creating a new humanity.
Ephesians 4:24. Christ wants us to be clothed in a new self.
Revelation 21:2. The New Jerusalem is coming.
Revelation 21:5. God is making all things new.
I heard it said once that all of the cells in a human body are replaced every few years. If you look that up online, you discover that it is not altogether true. Some cells, like skin cells, are replaced every three weeks. A red blood cell will die and a new one born every six months. And the neurons in the cerebral cortex of my brain have been there since before I was born and will never be renewed.
If I take these scripture readings seriously, it seems to me that God is doing a new thing in me all the time. And that “even though (my) outer nature is wasting away, (my) inner nature is being renewed day by day.” (2 Corinthians 4:16).
So, whether I make a New Year’s resolution or not, I am counting on 2018 being different from 2017. Not that I regret 2017, but I know God will have some new surprises in store for me and you and the world in the coming year. And I pray that we may be instruments of God’s reconciling love in Jesus Christ for many new people in the year ahead. I also pray that you and I and our churches will be open to God’s new thing for us this next year, whatever that new thing might be.
Have a Happy and Blessed New Year with a lot of delightful surprises.
In His Service and Yours,